Here’s one of the weirder stories you’ll read: a Los Angeles high school football coach was dismissed after taking two weeks to report an incident where two students allegedly spiked the JV team’s water with a male enhancement drug.
That’s certainly a lot to take in, so let’s go to the report from Eric Sondheimer in the Los Angeles Times:
Allegations that two students at Bernstein High in Hollywood spiked the water at a junior varsity football practice with a male enhancement drug prompted an investigation that led to the dismissal of varsity coach Luis Barajas.
The investigation of the July 12 incident discovered that Barajas had failed to notify school officials or parents that players had possibly ingested contaminated water until two weeks later, according to a report The Times obtained through the Public Records Act.
Barajas, who was dismissed Aug. 7, also was cited in the report for failing to secure a permit for practice.
Yeah, that lack of practice permit was probably what did him in. No students were sickened, it appears, although there’s a troubling lack of detail for an incident that apparently really did happen:
“No parent complaints were received at Bernstein, school police [were] not involved, no testing of the alleged contaminated water took place and there [were] no student illness reports,” according to a statement by the general counsel’s office for Los Angeles Unified School District.
District spokeswoman Barbara A. Jones said in an email on Tuesday that parents were not notified because the district “did not find evidence that any student actually drank the contaminated water.”
She said no testing of the water took place because it had been discarded by the time the allegation was reported.
Sounds like everything is in order!